Friday, 19 February 2016

THUNDERBOLT! Building Tamiya's P-47D Bubbletop.

                        REPUBLIC P-47D THUNDERBOLT

Hello and welcome back to the Hangar! 

This is another new project I'm starting while I am enjoying a spot of leave this month. 
Here we have the now much loved Tamiya 1/48 P-47D "Bubbletop".
 I love Tamiya kits! They are so well put together, so well engineered and so finely detailed. I have built their "Razorback version before and I enjoyed it immensely.

I was having a look through my decal sheet collection the other day and found many sheets I had long forgotten. Amongst them was an old Aeromaster sheet featuring a great looking Thunderbolt in the Olive 
Drab Green paint scheme. It looked so great I just had to build it!

So I am building 226785 "OH JOHNNIE" She was flown by 1st Lt. Raymond Knight, 
346th FS/350th FG, USAAF. This squadron was based in Pisa, Italy in 1945.

Here is the only photo I could find of 226785, with 1st Lt. Knight and one of his crew. 

On April 24, 1944 1st Lt. Raymond Knight volunteered to lead two other P-47s on a raid of a German airfield at Ghedi, Italy. Knight kept the other P-47s high while he flew at tree-top to reconnoiter the field. He spotted 8 aircraft and during following strafing runs he destroyed 5 and the other P-47s account for two more. Later that day he led a raid on Bergamo; making ten strafing passes destroying six twin-engined aircraft and two fighters while the other P-47s destroyed 5 twins and one fighter. On April 25, 1944 Knight attacked Bergamo again and destroyed three more German aircraft but this time “Oh Johnnie” was critically hit and crashed killing the 22 year old 1st Lt. Raymond Knight.

So I have made a start on this Thinderbolt and as is the norm, work began in the office.......

OK, thats all for now! Hope you enjoyed this post! Feel free to comment, follow or G+. It's always good to hear from you. 
Have a great weekend!